November 15, 2016
A furor has arisen regarding the Pope’s comment in an interview in his flight back to Rome that “Satan got a raw deal from God.” Here are nine things to know and share:
- It is possible that a mistranslation occurred. The colloquial Italian phrase that the Pope used for raw deal can also be understood to mean “distasteful deal”.
- The Holy Father may have been speaking humorously. When Father Lombardi, Vatican spokesman was asked about this, he merely smiled, shrugged his shoulders and walked away.
- If the Pope was speaking seriously, perhaps he was intending to convey how Satan was looking at the situation. Do not most sinners think they get a raw deal? Viewed from that vantage point, the Pope’s statement was correct, albeit incomplete.
- We must recall that this is the Year of Mercy and perhaps the Holy Father was attempting to say that God’s mercy extends even to Satan.
- The Vatican has denied that this statement constituted an all is forgiven message from the Pope to the Prince of Darkness
- This is not a reversal of the traditional teaching of the Church regarding Satan. At most it is a minor development that the Pope may, or may not, expand upon.
- This statement was not made ex cathedra, but it must be treated with respect as Catholics must treat all statements of the Pope with respect.
- Islamic jihadists who are now calling Catholics devil worshipers are completely misinterpreting what the Pope said.
- I am not paid enough for doing this.